Joan Bibelhausen, has served as Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers since 2005. She is an attorney and is nationally recognized for her work in the lawyer assistance and diversity and inclusion realms. Joan has significant additional training in the areas of counseling, mental health and addiction, diversity, employment issues and management. She has spent more than two decades working with lawyers, judges and law students who are at a crossroads because of mental illness and addiction concerns as well as well-being, stress and related issues.
Joan has developed and presented numerous CLE and other programs throughout Minnesota and nationally, and has written on mental health and addiction, implicit bias and mental health, career and life balance and satisfaction, stress, diversity and inclusion, marketing and other issues of concern to the legal profession. She is active in the MN State Bar Association, Hennepin and Ramsey County and American Bar Associations, and MN Women Lawyers, among others. She has served on the ABA Commission on Lawyers Assistance Programs (CoLAP) and its Advisory Commission, She has chaired CoLAP’s Education Committee and its 2016 Conference Planning Committee. She has chaired the MSBA Life and the Law Committee and the HCBA Solo and Small Firm Practice Section and has co-chaired the HCBA Diversity Committee. She represents the disability perspective on many bar-related diversity committees and initiatives, including the MSBA Diversity and Inclusion Council. Joan also served on the MSBA Board of Governors and HCBA’s Strategic Planning and Leadership Institute task forces and currently serves on the board of the Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance.
Joan coauthored “Reducing the Stigma – William Mitchell College of Law – Spring 2015“, published in the Mitchell Hamline Law Review (Vol. 41, Issue 3), and frequently writes for Minnesota and national bar publications. She was recognized by Minnesota Lawyer with a 2017 Diversity and Inclusion Award for her work regarding implicit bias and mental health in the legal profession.
Chase Andersen, Esq., Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers’ newest addition, has always been committed, both personally and professionally, to assisting individuals in need. Chase received his B. S. in Criminal Justice with a minor in English from the University of South Dakota located in Vermillion, South Dakota. Following undergraduate school, Chase worked several years in the social services arena as a counselor and then as a social worker. In 2006, Chase earned his J. D. (with a Concentration in Litigation and Dispute Resolution) from Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa. Since then, Chase has practiced in the private sector and understands the challenges and stressors facing law students and attorneys.
Chase has been a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Hennepin, Ramsey and Anoka County Bar Associations, the Minnesota Association for Justice (formerly known as the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association) and other professional and community organizations and associations. He has served as a Co-Chair for the Minnesota Association for Justice’s Family Law Section and has facilitated and participated in several continuing legal education programs. In 2014 and 2015, Chase was honored as a “Rising Star” attorney by Super Lawyers Magazine and was recognized by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a 2014 North Star Attorney for his pro bono legal services. Chase also serves on the Board of Directors for the University of South Dakota’s Alumni Association. In his spare time, Chase enjoys running, golfing, bicycling, traveling and spending time with his friends and family.
Diane Markel, M.S., L.A.D.C., joined LCL as a Case Manager in 2009. Diane received her B.A. in Social Welfare from University of Mary, Bismarck, ND. After working as a social worker at ND State Hospital for two years, she received her M.S. in Addiction Counseling at ND State University, Fargo, ND. Diane came to LCL after working nine years at Hazelden Foundation, Center City, MN.
Diane has worked in the addiction field as an outpatient counselor, intake counselor, family counselor, continuing care counselor and recovery coach. She has developed and implemented several addiction programs, including two inpatient Family Programs, an Outpatient Day Treatment Program, the addiction component of a Dual Diagnosis Outpatient Program, and two Family Continuing Care groups.
Annette Erbst joined Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers as its Administrative Assistant in 2008. Annette has an A.S. in Accounting, an A.S. in Management, as well as significant additional training in nonprofit technology.